Out and about in Notts and Derbys

Colin Perry By Colin Perry, 28th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2eo8zmgy/
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Six places of historical interest to visit in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (there are many more).

Sherwood Forest Country Park and Visitor Centre

Edwinstowe, Notts, NG21 9HN

The 450-acre country park is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. Its most famous landmark is the 800-year-old Major Oak, once the hideout of Robin Hood’s men, according to local legend.

There are three marked walkways through the park, taking from around 45 minutes to two hours to complete.

Open every day except Christmas Day 10am – 5pm (November to Easter 10:30am - 4:30pm); free admission; car park charge of £3 applies at peak times.

More information: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/enjoying/countryside/countryparks/sherwood/

Vicar Water Country Park

Mansfield Road, Clipstone, Notts, NG21 9AA

Reclaimed from the old spoil tips of Clipstone Colliery, this 80-acre country park has two lakes, woods, heath and grassland, and is popular all year round with walkers, runners, cyclists and anglers.

There are three signposted walks of varying length and difficulty. From the top of the former Clipstone Tip, now reclaimed as heathland and sitting over 400 metres above sea level, the view extends over 20 miles towards the Peak District in the west and Lincoln Cathedral in the east.

Open all year round; admission free; ample car parking onsite (discretionary charge); café (open Tuesday to Sunday 9am - 5pm) serving hot and cold food and drinks.

More information: www.vicarwaterpark.org

Clumber Park

Worksop, Notts, S80 3AZ

This 3800-acre site is the former home of the Duke of Newcastle, and today consists of park, heath and woods, owned by the National Trust.

Apart from the landscape, which also boasts an expansive lake, other attractions include the Gothic chapel, Walled Kitchen Garden and the Discovery Centre, which provides a wealth of information on the park’s wildlife.

Over 20 miles of pathways can be explored either on foot or by bicycle (cycle hire is available).

Open all year round from 10am to 5pm (6pm at weekends); admission to the park is free; car parking charge £3.80.

More information: http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/discover/clumber-park-p353541

Rufford Abbey Country Park

Ollerton, Notts, NG22 9DF

The ruins of a 12th century abbey are surrounded by 150 acres of parkland, woodland and formal gardens.

Once a private estate, the land was purchased by the local authority in the 1950s and gradually restored to its former splendor.

The craft centre offers a variety of exhibitions; the children’s playground and sculpture trail make this a fun day for all the family.

Open all year round; admission to the grounds is free; a car park charge of £3 applies at peak times.

More information: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/enjoying/countryside/countryparks/rufford/

Nottingham Castle

Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6EL

Perched on a rock overlooking the city, the original Nottingham Castle was completely destroyed after the Civil War, before being rebuilt as a ducal mansion. Today, it is the home of the city museum and an art gallery.

In addition to six acres of gardens, the Castle Green with its adventure playground and covered picnic area provide something for all the family. Open daily 10am to 5pm from February to November, closed Mondays and Tuesdays in winter.

Admission: Adults £5.50, Concessions (under 16s, over 60s and students) £4.00, Under 5s free, Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £15.

More information: http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/discover/nottingham-castle-p357581

Heights of Abraham

Matlock Bath, Derbys, DE4 3PD

One of the Peak District’s most popular tourist attractions, the Heights of Abraham is reachable from the village of Matlock Bath by cable car which offers unique views across the Derwent Valley.

At the top, enjoy a guided tour of the Masson and Rutland Caverns, two former lead mines. An exhibition illustrates the industrial history of the region and provides numerous facts about fossils and the rocks which form the Peak District of today.

Most of the attractions are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, although the sloping nature of the site and uneven surfaces of the caverns mean that some areas are not suitable.

Open daily from March to November from 10am to 4:30pm; admission £14 adults, £9.50 children (under 5’s free – one per adult), seniors £10.50; family tickets also available.

More information: http://www.heightsofabraham.com/

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Clumber Park, Derbyshire, Heights Of Abraham, Nottingham Castle, Nottinghamshire, Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest, Vicar Water

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author avatar Retired
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

Great article. Nice photos.

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author avatar Retired
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

Great article. Nice photos.

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author avatar Paul Lines
5th Feb 2015 (#)

A well presented guide Colin

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author avatar Dawn143
16th Feb 2015 (#)

This succinct, clearly written and informative, in my mind a great article around. I also appreciated your providing of links to websites for more information. That's it now I want to go on a tour! lol
Great write!

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